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A Cheetah can be distinguished from other big cats by their smaller size, spotted coats, small heads and ears and distinctive "tear stripes" that stretch from the corner of the eye to the side of the nose.

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I saw two cheetah families on my Kenya trip, one with three cubs and one with four. This female climbed onto a dirt mound for better vision of the surrounding area.


Mating Season: Throughout the year.

Gestation: Around 3 months.

Litter size: 2-4 cubs


Cubs are smoky in color with long, woolly hair – called a mantle – running down their backs. This mantle is thought to camouflage cubs in grass, concealing them from predators. Mothers move cubs to new hiding places every few days. At 5 - 6 weeks, cubs follow the mother and begin eating from their kills.

The Cheetah's slender, long-legged body is built for speed. They are the fastest land animal in the world. Cheetahs can be distinguished from other big cats by their smaller size, spotted coats, small heads and ears and distinctive "tear stripes" that stretch from the corner of the eye to the side of the nose.

Top Speed: ± 113 km/h. (Kruger National Park, RSA)


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Even I were too close to them, they didn't show interest to me

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I might be wrong, but I think this might be my very first cheetah shot here on my stream.


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This was 1 of 3 Cheetah brothers seen at Phinda Game Reserve, South Africa in the late afternoon golden light. Seeing these wild cheetahs for the first time really took my breath away. We ended up seeing 3 different groups in this protected area.


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Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)


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Another cheetah shot today, as it is pretty nice and sunny here...

This cheetah enjoyed the sun also, but lay down in the shade later on..


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Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is an atypical member of the cat family (Felidae) that is unique in its speed, while lacking climbing abilities. As such, it is placed in its own genus, Acinonyx. It is the fastest land animal, reaching speeds between 112 and 120 km/h in short bursts covering distances up to 460m and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 110 km/h in three seconds, faster than most supercars. When the moment is right a cheetah will sprint after its quarry and attempt to knock it down. Such chases cost the hunter a tremendous amount of energy and are usually over in less than a minute. If successful, the cheetah will often drag its kill to a shady hiding place to protect it from opportunistic animals that sometimes steal a kill before the cheetah can eat. Cheetahs need only drink once every three to four days. Female cheetahs typically have a litter of three cubs and live with them for one and a half to two years. Young cubs spend their first year learning from their mother and practicing hunting techniques with playful games. Male cheetahs live alone or in small groups, often with their litter mates. Most wild cheetahs are found in eastern and South-western Africa Average lifespan in the wild: 10 to 12 years.

Phinda is rightly famous for its cheetah. Aged between 2 and 3 months old theses cubs were a fluffy furball of delight to see but incredibly hard to photograph as they hid in the long grass. This image is poorly framed but you can see how they resemble honey badgers more than their mother at this age. Born with dark fur, these are beginning to show their spots, but the overwhelming feature is fluffiness! Cheetah mums work hard to keep their cubs safe and healthy, she was constantly on the alert and moved them frequently. Thanks to Ben and Bongani for finding cheetah for us every day!

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Captive cheetah in Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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Solitary cheetah on an early morning hunt

The cheetah is a large feline inhabiting most of Africa and parts of the Middle East. It is the only extant member of the genus Acinonyx.

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These cheetah cubs are about 5 months old and a complete handful for their mother but she seemed expert at keeping them healthy and safe.

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This Cheetah had to be thirsty. The water was brackish. It would come, take a drink, grimace, walk a bit, then take another drink, etc.

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This cheetah marking its territory was photographed in the wild in the Kruger National Park.

a lone male cheetah resting in the shade, KTP, South Africa

A handsome male cheetah photographed in Kenya.

Cheetah looking for food in Kruger National Park, near Satara base camp.

Photo taken August 2014

Cheetah at Exmoor Zoo


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Portrait of one of the older Cheetahs at the Cheetah Conservation Fund here in Namibia.


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a young cheetah on the hunt. we were watching the female and two almost grown up cubs for quite some time when we noticed a lone sprinbock approaching. Knewing they will go for it we positioned ourselves in the best angle to shoot. But it all went different. They spotted another springbock with a calf behind us and were hunting for that one so our position wasn't perfect for that hunt but i was lucky enough to get the beginning of the hunt. KTP, South Africa

I couldn't resist taking photographs of this magnificent cheetah at Longleat in 2013


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